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December news is here…who brought the eggnog?

Hello, December…

Sunday, Dec 1, 2019

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where’s the egg nog?

 (thank you to Norm Eder for the aweosme pics from Phenomenal Woman in Portland!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I’m staring out the window of my new home at a snowy, peaceful scene. So much to be grateful for! I hope you had a wonderful, easeful Thanksgiving holiday. Hard to believe December is here! I only have a few events left to round the year out, but they will all be wonderful. Here’s what’s coming up…

Fri, Dec 6 – The Nature of Gratitude @ Opal Center for Arts & Education – Cottage Grove, OR. 513 E Main St. The Nature of Gratitude, an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This year’s theme of exploration is “Returning.” Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. the event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, internationally renowned vocalist Halie Loren. Performance poets Jorah LaFleur, Charles Goodrich and Charles Mattoon will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; Eric Alan, photographer and author of Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, and the forthcoming Grateful by Nature; and Michele Rose and Fyona Rose from the Opal Center Trashion Show. 

Sat, Dec 7 – Open Door Songwriter Series at the Historic Ascension Episcopal Chapel‏ – Portland, OR. 1823 SW Spring St. This family-friendly event begins at 5:30 pm with a potluck dinner and continues with a performance in Ascension Chapel’s Reinhart Hall. Bring a dish and a beverage to share. (Make that a pot of chili and we’ll have a chili cook-off!) RSVP requested. Email your RSVP to Bob at rthoward@me.com. Potluck dinner at 5:30 pm/Music at 6:30 pm. All ages welcome. $15 suggested donation per person at the door.

 Thu, Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude @ The Arts Center – Corvallis, OR. 700 SW Madison Ave. Hosted by the Spring Creek Project. We’re partnering again this autumn with local authors Eric Alan and Tom Titus to present The Nature of Gratitude, a unique program that brings us together as a community to explore and reflect on the many things for which we are grateful. Several presenters will share music, stories, poems, and photography. The event will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, and a special surprise musical guest. Performance poets Jorah LaFleur and Charles Goodrich will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; and Eric Alan, photographer and author of the forthcoming Grateful by Nature. Nature of Gratitude is free, and everyone is welcome. This year’s theme is “Returning,” and in line with the theme, we’ll be accepting donations to support Oregon State University’s new “Food for Thought” program, which recaptures quality food that might have otherwise been composted and repackages it for distribution to low-income, OSU students who are experiencing food insecurity.

Fri, Dec 13 – Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR. 2585 Willamette St. Caldera Songwriters’ Circle 8th Annual Egan Warming Center Benefit. An evening of community, celebration and song to benefit Egan Warming Center, a program of St. Vincent de Paul. Requested donation $5-20. Also Donation of goods: clean, warm hats, gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, pillows, socks and toiletries greatly appreciated. Line-up includes: BW, Still Thinking, Cross Current, Laura Golden, Carl Falsgraf, Do Mi Stauber, Wandering Thyme, Katie Sontag, Kathy Marshall, Paul Neville, Robert Boyce, Julia O’Reilly, Dave Taylor, Ron Selfridge, Rudolf Korv, Annie Heron, and Art Willey.

1. GRATITUDE…Thank you so much to all these fine folks for making November so dreamy: Bre Gregg and all the amazing artists in the Phenomenal Woman show, The Columbia Center for the Arts, Wayne Richards and Naomie Laviolette and all at Wayne’s World Coffeehouse, Alberta Rose Theatre, Jack and family, T and Chris and Gia and Misti and Renee and friends, Eric Alan and Tom Titus and the Nature of Gratitude Family, Artichoke Musi, Gentle Thunder, Kitty and Rob and friends!

2. THE NEWS…What an absolute blast we had with the Phenomenal Woman shows in Hood River and Portland! Big thanks to all who came out and supported those shows. It is such a fun concept and the good news is we are working on more venues and more dates for this collaboration show celebrating women songwriters! We are looking for performing arts centers within driving distance of Portland, so holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you know a place?

Speaking of collaborations, the Nature of Gratitude event at Artichoke Music was pure magic. It is such a soul-filling way to spend an evening in community and in celebration of nature and gratitude. This year’s theme is ‘Returning’ and the good news is that there are two more offerings coming up. We’re thrilled to be at the Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage Grove and The Arts Center in Corvallis. The abundance of talent and heart is overwhelming…flute master Gentle Thunder, Halie Loren, Performance poets Jorah LaFleur and Charles Goodrich, and authors Tom Titus and Eric Alan. Rumor has it Bailey Pants may even make a public appearance, woop!

And one of my favorite collaborations happens on Dec 13 in Eugene at our 8th annual Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group Concert to Benefit Egan Warming Center! Hard to believe we have been at it this long. Egan Warming Centers perform life-saving work in the Eugene/Springfield communities and we are delighted to raise money and warm things for this wonderful group of dedicated volunteers. I hope you’ll come celebrate friendship, song, and the season with us at Eugene’s favorite community living room, Tsunami Books! 

Aaaand, my last solo show of the year (and for a little while) is coming up in Portland on Dec 7 at the Open Door Songwriter series at Ascension Chapel. This is such a sweet venue and all ages are welcome. It’s  a potluck (chili cookoff!) and we get started early arond 5:30 so you can bring the family! I’m excited to return to this sweet space and community.

Here’s something fun! My friends Lisa and Loren Skyhorse, amazing leather artists and owners of Skyhorse Saddles in Durango, CO, have come out with this short video about their new work with a Stand and Sway song as the backdrop! It’s always an honor when someone chooses your song! 

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3. RANDOM PICS… you know I can’t help it y’all.

oh man we had so much fun doing the Phenomenal Woman shows!


I had a blast getting to play piano in the band.


here is the whole crew! such an amazing band.


we had so much fun at Artichoke Music at the Nature of Gratitude event…we all left with hearts full of poetry, music, wonder and gratitude. 


such a lovely evening playing a house concert with the great Gentle Thunder!


and look who came with me to Paulina Springs book store open mic in Sisters?


Snow, whaaaaaat?!


4. THE FUTURE…I am wishing you the fullness of this holiday season without the stress we so often encounter along with it. May you remember you are loved and held and seen. You might fall behind on your list of things to do, you might be too tired to bake that pie. You might even feel empty this time of year. And you are still loved and held and seen. May we all remember the outrageous gift of each new day, each new year! 

As this year closes out, I look forward to turning inward, to set my intentions on writing and searching and seeking and cultivating the patience to watch what will unfold in the coming year. Wishing you all a joyful holiday season. I am, as always, ever grateful for you. Your fan, 

Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic  @standandsway

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Jan 16 – Granite Folk Society w/David Stoddard – St Cloud, MN

Jan 17 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Jan 18 –  House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 1 – Winterfolk – Portland, OR

 Feb 21 – Stand and Sway @ Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro, OR

Mar 27-29 – Portland FolkMusic Society’s Singtime Frolics – Corbett, OR

It’s time for November News!

Hey November,

Friday, November 1, 2019

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I’ m so grateful for you.

(thank you Bill Patterson for the pics from Swallow Hill!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What a whirlwind these past few weeks have been. And now somehow we are tucked into autumn…thank goodness for fuzzy socks and warm soup!

Here is what is happening in Nov… as always I hope to see you there. And I hope you’ll scroll down for gratitude, the news, tour pics, unsolicited dog pics, and random musings.

1. NOVEMBER HAPPENINGS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead!

Sat, Nov 2 – Phenomenal Woman @ Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR. 215 Cascade Avenue. 541.387.8877. This is all about female songwriters and the women in music that inspire them. This show features Bre Gregg, LaRhonda Steele, Ara Lee James and lil ol me. This will be an intimate concert in which the audience is invited on a journey to peel back the layers of performance and learn how we were inspired by these amazing artists. This show is filled with feminine brilliance! With expert support from Leah Hinchcliff (the femme fatale of funk), Dan Gildea (one of the finest guitar players in the pacific NW) and Ward Griffiths (goddess of the back beat) on drums, this show is not to be missed. 7 pm. 

Fri, Nov 8 – Waynes’s World Coffeehouse – Lake Oswego, OR. At Lake Oswego United Methodist Church – 1855 South Shore Blvd. BW will be the guest of singer-songwriter Wayne Richards as he hosts another round-robin-style concert in the Fellowship Hall at LOUMC! Donations are gratefully accepted and there will be refreshments available for a small fee! All ages welcome. 7-9 pm. 

Sun, Nov 10 – Phenomenal Woman @ The Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR. 3000 NE Alberta. 503-719-6055. We are thrilled bring the Phenomenal Woman show to the Alberta Rose Theatre! Same details as above, but in Portland’s most beautiful listening room. $20 Advance/$25 At the Door. Minors OK when accompanied by a parent or guardian. 7:30 pm. 

Sat, Nov 15 – Private House Concert – Bozeman, MT. 

Wed, Nov 20 – Nature of Gratitude @ Artichoke Music – Portland, OR. 2007 SE Powell Blvd. 503-232-8845. The Nature of Gratitude is an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This years theme of exploration is Returning. Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. This event will benefit Transition Projects, an organization with five decades of experience providing shelter, housing and supportive services for very low-income people. The Nature of Gratitude will include live music from Grammy-nominated Native American flute master Gentle Thunder, accomplished songwriter and Oregon Book Award-winning poet Beth Wood, and songwriter Alexa MacDonald. Performance poet Jorah LaFleur will contribute spoken word pieces. Other contributors include Tom Titus, author of Palindrome: Grateful Reflections from the Home Ground; Christi Krug, creator of Wildfire Writing workshops and the book Burn Wild; and Eric Alan, photographer and author of Wild Grace: Nature as a Spiritual Path, and the forthcoming Grateful by Nature. $15. 7 pm. 

 Fri. Nov. 22nd – House Concert – Vancouver, WABW will be joining GRAMMY® award nominated multi-instrumentalist Gentle Thunder as her special guest for an intimate evening of music. Gentle Thunder will be offering up original music on grand hammer dulcimer and a vast array of Native American flutes. Gentle Thunder recorded flute on Coyote Prayer on Beth’s The Weather Inside album. It is always magical when we get to play live together. A portion of the proceeds benefit Babies in NeedCome on out and join us! 7 pm.  Tickets $20. Advance tickets purchase required to receive the location of the event. Call 530-925-4495 or email: tickets@gentlethunder.com 

3. THE NEWS…Well the big news is that Bailey and I have moved to central Oregon! We are so excited to meet our new friends and neighbors and deepen the connections we already have here and to explore this big beautiful part of the world. We are ever grateful for our time in Portland, but it was time for new adventures. If you know any places, hikes, venues, restaurants, dog lovers, breweries, running routes, or amazing people I should check out in this area, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com, I’m wide open! 

Other big news, our Stand and Sway album DEEP BLUE is now officially out in the world! This means that you can listen on Spotify, iTunesApple MusicAmazon, and wherever else you get your music. If you use Spotify, please help us out by following us… that helps us become more visible for being featured on playlists!

I am so excited to be in two shows tribute called Phenomenal Woman coming up in Hood River and Portland! The title of Phenomenal Woman is inspired by a Maya Angelou poem of the same name, so needless to say, she had me at hello!  Dreamed up by amazing singer-songwriter Bre Gregg (Red Bird Band), these shows will feature Bre Gregg, Ara Lee JamesLaRhonda Steele and lil ol me playing songs by women who have inspired us, as well as some of our original songs. We will be backed up by Leah Hinchcliff (the femme fatale of funk), Dan Gildea (one of the finest guitar players in the pacific NW) and Ward Griffiths (goddess of the back beat) on drums. At rehearsal the other day I had chills almost the entire time, I laughed my face off, I cried I was so moved by these artists and this music. These special collaboration shows are not to be missed!

Also his month I am thrilled to be a part of three Nature of Gratitude events in my home state. Dreamed up by community-minded creatives Eric Alan and Tom Titus, The Nature of Gratitude is an annual community gathering exploring diverse aspects of gratitude through live music, spoken word, photography and more. This years theme of exploration is Returning. Each gathering is an opportunity to raise awareness and proceeds for a different local grassroots cause. Last year I had the opportunity to participate in one of these events and it was truly movinga and heart-opening. I will be joining NOG events in Portland, Corvallis and Cottage Grove this year. See my website for details!

 Geez, Colorado, go ahead and take my breath away! Mom and Dad and Uncle Tom, Uncle Dave and Aunt Nancy and Mendhi came up for a few fun days of visiting and birding and gawking at autumn leaves and  fly-fishing. We found a new secret fishing spot near Gunnison and it was so great I’m still dreaming about it. You’d have to buy me a couple beers to get it out of me. 🙂

 What fun it was to celebrate Chuck Pyle with all these amazing artists at Swallow Hill in Denver! 

 and then again the next day in Fort Collins we celebrated Chuck with an in-the-round show featuring Jack Williams, Don Richmond, John Chandler and lil ol me… it was such a fun and beautiful afternoon… one I will never forget! 

 S&S Rawk at The Kraken!

 what fun it was to see these guys (Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys) spinning their magic at their Shake Sugaree residency at The Kraken! it was indeed paradise in a road house. 

 and look what greeted us when we got to our hosts’s house?!? Sandra and Kathy sure know how to make a couple traveling ladies feel welcome! 

 our welcome sign at The Rooster’s Wife… loved the 6:46 downbeat, ha! I asked Janet why that time and she said cuz people will remember it, and I think she’s right.

Six String Presents at Cary Theater was dreeeeeamy!

 and this never gets old!

 Queen Shelby leaning in for her snuggles.

 We were so lucky to have these amazing ladies from The Aurora Chorus joining us at our Alberta Rose Theatre album release celebration!

 Such a great way to kick off our set.

 the grand finale!

 thank you Norm Eder for all these wonderful pics

 and this is how I felt pretty much the whole night. Somebody please pinch me! 

 cool poster for the Phenomenal Woman show at Alberta Rose Theatre in Portland 11.10!

I saw this place in Colorado and of course I had to try it!

 Speaking of brown dogs, Bailey Pants had her 11th birthday in October… she is living her best life!

 and also helping me rehearse some piano for the Phenomenal Woman shows. 🙂

4. THE FUTURE…Before we know it, we will be wintering! I always love that introspective time of year. It will be interesting to see what it is like to live in a snowy place in winter?! and whether or not I can keep my popcicle toes warm.  I’m excited to see what will be revealed in the new year as I continue to deepen my creativity practice and redefine my work life. And I will still be writing songs and playing some really fun shows! 

Thank you for showing up, for reading all the way to the end, and for supporting me on my path. I am ever grateful! Hope to see you out there soon. 

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 5304

Bend, OR 97708

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic  @standandsway

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Nov 2 – Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR

Nov 8 – Wayne’s World Coffeehouse – Lake Oswego, OR

Nov 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Portland, OR

Dec 6 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Cottage Grove, OR

Dec 7 – The Open Door at Ascension – Portland, OR

Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Corvallis, OR

Dec 13 – Caldera Songwriters Holiday Benefit for Egan Warming Centers – Eugene, OR

Jan 17 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Jan 18 –  House Concert w/David Stoddard – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 1 – Winterfolk – Portland, OR

Feb 21 – Stand and Sway @ Walters Cultural Arts Center – Hillsboro, OR

October Newsy News is here!

October, I love you.

Monday, Sept 30, 2019

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Bring on the sweaters and golden leaves!

Greetings, frinds and fellow music lovers!

Fall is here and the leaves are starting to look so beautiful around here. Lots of fun stuff coming up… Hope to see you out there soon!

Fri, Oct 4 – Wildwood Sounds – Del Norte, CO.  850 Grande Ave. 719-657-4757. A beautiful listening room in the San Luis Valley. Our goal each time is to help make it a joyful experience, a reunion of families and friends with potluck sharing, coffee and tea for everyone bathed in the universal language of MUSIC. Sweets and snacks potluck, coffee and tea provided. Doors open at 6:30, music at 7. $20 at the door. Call 719-657-4757 to reserve your seat!

Sat, Oct 5 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert @ Swallow Hill – Denver, CO. 71 E Yale Ave. 303-777-1003. BW is honored to be a part of An Evening of Chuck Pyle Music at Swallow Hill Music’s Daniels Hall. Please join Chuck’s friends and family for another wonderful “Evening of the Music of Chuck Pyle” on Saturday October 5th at 7pm. This year’s musical guests include Jack Williams, Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore, Beth Wood, Don Richmond, Jon Chandler, Ernie Martinez, Jeff Troxel, Tom Munch and Gordon Burt. All the proceeds from the concert go to the Chuck Pyle Scholarship Fund at the Kerrville Folk Festival Song School. Don’t miss this special night of music and memories. 6 pm doors/7 pm music. $20-$25. 
 

Sun, Oct 6 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert @ Avogadro’s Number – Fort Collins, CO. 605 S Mason St. 970-482-1756. BW is honored to be a part of this Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert and Song Swap at Avo’s! Join Chuck’s musical friends for this one of a kind tribute concert and song swap. The Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert will feature performances by Jack Williams, Beth Wood, Jeff Troxel, Don Richmond, Jon Chandler and Gordon Burt. Proceeds from the concert will go to the Chuck Pyle Scholarship Fund at the Kerrville Folk Festival Song School in Texas. 3 pm. 

Wed, Oct 9 – Stand and Sway @ The Kraken – Chapel Hill, NC2823 N Carolina Hwy 54 W. Stand and Sway will be special guests of Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboy’s Shake Sugaree Americana Resiency at the Kraken in Chapel Hill! The fun thing is they live stream every concert so you can tune in wherever you are. The show starts at 7 pm EST, and we will go on around 8 or 8:15 for a short guest set. Scroll down below in The News for all the places you can watch the live stream…FREE. 

Thu, Oct 10 – Stand and Sway @ The Rooster’s Wife Concert Series – Aberdeen, NC.  114 Knight St. (910) 944-7502 .The Rooster’s Wife sprang from a desire to provide quality live music at affordable prices to the families of our community. We welcome children with open arms, and free admission for the under 12 set. 6:46 pm downbeat. $20-$25.

Fri, Oct 11 – Stand and Sway @ The Cary Theater – Cary, NC. 122 East Chatham. (919) 462-2051. Stand and Sway are thrilled to play the beautiful Cary Theater! Presented by Six String Presents. 8 pm. $20-$25.

Sat, Oct 12 – Stand and Sway @ Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts – Youngsville, NC.  7 pm gathering/potluck. 8 pm music. Please contact BigBadW@aol.com for an invitation. $20 donation per person. 

Thu, Oct 17 – Women’s Song Circle @ Mt Tabor Music School  – Portland, OR. 4110 SE Hawthorne, upstairs suite. BW hosts a song circle for women to share songs and support each other in our creative practice! A song circle is a fun, safe space to share new and old works and to offer/receive support and feedback (if requested). Open to all ages and levels. If you have a new song or an old song or a favorite cover song you’d like to share, or if you’d like to sharpen your performance skills by playing for others, or ifyou’d like to celebrate creativity and community, I hope you will join us! 7:30-9:30 pm.

Thu, Oct 24 – Stand and Sway @ Vashon Arts Center – Vashon, WA. 19600 Vashon Hwy SW. (206) 463-5131. Vashon Center for the Arts and Debra Heesch are bringing Portland to Vashon with the exceptional talents of Chris Pureka, Laura Gibson, Ara Lee James, and Beth Wood, for an unforgettable evening of music. Advance tickets: $15/Student, $20/VCA Members, $22/Seniors, $25/General $30/VIP – first 2 rows.

Fri, Oct 25 – Stand and Sway Album Release – Portland, OR. 3000 NE Alberta, Portland, OR. 503-719-6055. Celebrate the official release of DEEP BLUE with Stand and Sway band and Five Letter Word!

Sat, Oct 26 – Stand and Sway Open Song Workshop – Portland, OR. At Mount Tabor Music School. 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Upstairs suite. Stand and Sway Open Song workshops are an exploration in play, singing, and songwriting. All levels are welcome. Join us for some collaborative, creative fun! 3-6 pm.

Sun, Oct 27 – Stand and Sway Open Song Workshop – Portland, OR. A continuation of our Open Song Workshop. 10 am – 1 pm.

1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful to all these fine folks for making September so dreamy…PJ, Brad Tisdel, Ara Lee, Anna Tivel, Jaimee Simundson, Shireen Amini, Steven Skolnik, Milo Fultz, and all the wonderful staff and music lovers at Sisters song camp and festival! It is always magical, and this year seemed particularly so. Thank you Bill & Debbie and friends, Mary and Nathan and The Stacks Coffhouse, Bob and Pam Howard and all at Ascension, Sarah Collins and Mount Tabor Music School, and Gabrielle Louise and all at Leyline Studios!

2. THE NEWS…I am excited to be heading to CO just in time for the beautiful aspen leaves to turn golden! It will be my first time playing in Del Norte, a town I have driven through a thousand times and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better. Also I am thrilled and honored to be a part of two Chuck Pyle tribute concerts in Denver and Fort Collins. Chuck was an amazing writer and player and singer and toured on the folk circuit for many years. He was affectionately know as The Zen Cowboy, and his music means a lot to me. When I was just starting out and living in NC, I got to stay after his show at the Grey Eagle for an improptu song circle, and he was very encouraging of me and my writing and singing. That meant the world to me and it still does. I wrote a poem about him called ‘Cowboy Elegy’ and I’m excited to share it at the concerts along with two of his songs that I am learning. I hope you can help us celebrate and honor him!

Holy moly, things are gearing up for the “official” release of our Stand and Sway album DEEP BLUE. I could not be more proud of this work and more excited to share it with the world. We are working with our publicist (Ever Kipp from Tiny Human in Seattle) to release singles before the Oct 25 album release date. I will keep you posted on that! These songs have lived in our hearts for over a year now and they can’t wait to live and breathe in the big world! If you are anywhere near Portland, I hope you will join us in celebration on Oct 25 at the Alberta Rose Theater. We are pairing up with the power trio Five Letter Word to bring you a night of fun and harmonies and celebration through music. I hope you will join us in celebration at one of Portland’s most beautiful listening venues! 

We got a really nice review of our song “Light Me Up” from the blog American Standard Time. Click here to read and to listen!

We are also very excited to be returning to beloved NC to do some Stand and Sway shows! On 10/9 we will be special guests of Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboy’s Shake Sugaree Americana Resiency at the Kraken in Chapel Hill! The fun thing is they live stream every concert so you can tune in wherever you are. The show starts at 7 pm EST, and we will go on around 8 or 8:15 for a short guest set. Here are all the places you can watch the live stream… 

YouTube.com/jonathanbyrd 

Facebook.com/jonathanbyrdmusic 

Periscope: @jonathanbyrdmusic

Mixer: ShakeSugaree 

Twitch: PickupCowboys

And following that show we are thrilled to be playing two of my favorite concert series…Six Strings Presents @ The Cary Theater and The Rooster’s Wife Concert Series in Aberdeen, and a new series to us, Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts in Youngsville. Hell yeah!

ohmygoodness this was the lineup at our Sisters Folk Festival song camp instructor performance. EPIC!


 a quiet moment of humming and poetry…


our impromptu lady band at song camp was so much fun!! Anna Tivel, Mandy Fer, Susan Gibson, Ara Lee James, Pharis Romero plus one, your truly, Erin Youngberg and Ellis all singing Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’ with all of camp singing along…pure magic! Let’s take this on the road! 


we worked really hard on our set list for the fest haha


we had so much fun at the Belfry closing out Sisters Folk Festival…a bittersweet moment.


Lemme just brag about these guys for a second. Milo Fultz and Steven Skolnik joined us on upright bass and percussion for our Stand and Sway sets at Sisters Folk Festival. It is so much fun to play with such talented and tasteful musicians, not to mention wonderful humans.


our line up for the Sunday Community Celebration… my heart exploded with joy!


the grand finale… pure bliss!


it was so much fun to share some poems at my favorite coffeehouse in Portland, The Stacks!


oh this lady! i loved singing backups on Gabrielle Louise’s new album!

oh this face! this girl is enjoying our crisp fall mornings with the frisbee. but let’s face it, she enjoys any time with the frisbee. Big thank you to my village for watching her while I’m away. 


3. THE FUTURE…Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement about my opening to new possibilities! I am so excited for this next chapter. On the airplane the other day, I wrote my new artist’s manisfesto and I’m very excited about it! It includes writing and recording songs, sharing my music and art, collaborating with Ara on Stand and Sway, learning more about poetry and its craft, leading workshops, and building community around music and art and creative expression. It’s all juicy stuff I have loved for years. I will be moving to central Oregon soon and I am thrilled to be heading somewhere so beautiful and rich in friendships and art and connections. Stay tuned, more to come! 

As always, I am so grateful to you for walking with me on this creative path. Hope to see you out there soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Nov 2 – Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR

Nov 8 – Wayne’s World Coffeehouse – Lake Oswego, OR

Nov 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

Nov 20 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Portland, OR

Dec 6 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Cottage Grove, OR

Dec 7 – The Open Door at Ascension – Portland, OR

Dec 12 – Nature of Gratitude Event – Corvallis, OR

Hello September! Lots of newsy news to share…

Hello, September,

Thursday Aug 29, 2019

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we’ve been waiting for you.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

It’s almost time for Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy (a/k/a song camp)! I’m always excited when my favorite week of the year rolls around. I’ve got lots of fun things coming up this month. I hope you’ll scroll down for news, random pics and musings. 

Sep 3-6 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, ORThe Americana Song Academy inspires people to believe in their creativity and helps develop a community that supports that pursuit. Artists performing at the Sisters Folk Festival arrive 4 days early to teach all aspects of music, songwriting, performance and singing. Participants deeply engage and nurture their music, songs, and aspirations. Private concerts, open mics and mentor sessions are all part of the experience. The musical alchemy of the festival artists from “Song Camp” helps inspire collaborations and exceptional performances at the festival each year. Campers participate in workshops, communal meals and activities at the performing arts camp “Caldera”, a stunning location on the edge of Blue Lake, high in the Cascade Mountains. There are a few spots left so come join us!

Sep 7-8 – Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, ORThe Sisters Folk Festival is a three-day celebration of roots music from blues to bluegrass, held the weekend following Labor Day in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. I’m so excited to bring our duo project with a band to the fest! Stand and Sway plays Saturday at 6 pm at the Open Door stage and Sunday at 3 pm at The Belfry. 

Sep 8 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR.  BW hosts the Sunday Community Celebration! 10 am. Free and open to all!

Sep 13 – Private Event – Seattle, WA

Sep 14 – The Stacks Coffeehouse Fall Five-Minute Reading Marathon – Portland, OR. Join us for our Fall Five-Minute Reading Marathon! Every half an hour or every fifteen minutes, another author will get up on stage and read for five minutes. You’ll hear poetry, short stories, essays, and excerpts from longer pieces, with time in between to talk or get up and move around. Hope to see you there! FREE and open to all!

Sep 19 – Women’s Song Circle @ Mount Tabor Music School – Portland, OR. 4110 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Upstairs Suite. BW hosts a song circle for women to share songs and support each other in our creative practice! A song circle is a fun, safe space to share new and old works and to offer/receive support and feedback (if requested). Open to all ages and levels. If you have a new song or an old song or a favorite cover song you’d like to share, or if you’d like to sharpen your performance skills by playing for others, or ifyou’d like to celebrate creativity and community, I hope you will join us! 7:30-9:30 pm.

Sep 26 – Stand and Sway @ Leyline Studios – Paonia, CO.  234 Grand Avenue. Join us for an intimate studio concert at Leyline Studios. Potluck at 6:30, music at 7:30. $10-$15 donation.

1. GRATITUDE. August was a beautiful whirlwind and I am so grateful to all these fine folks for making it so… Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan and all at Point Richmond Acoustic, Melissa and Elisabeth and friends, Dain et all in San Diego, Lane and all at Paulina Springs Books, Karen and Brad and all at Eurosports, PJ, Clara Baker, Nathan and Amanda and all at Harris Bridge Winery, brave song Harris Bridge song campers, James and Karen Casto and the Home By Dark family. And thank you Dain Dunston for the fun photos above.

2. THE NEWS. Big news is the upcoming digital release of our Stand and Sway album “Deep Blue!” We have been working with Ever Kipp at Tiny Human PR to roll out the release. We’ll be releasing three singles ahead of the Oct album release. And we will have an official album release show at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland with the great band Five Letter WordTickets are on sale here!

The Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy is almost here! There are a few festival passes left and a handful of spots left a the song academy. These are both beautiful community events that have shaped my creative path. I am beyond thrilled to be bringing the Stand and Sway full band to the fest this year, and rumor has it was will be joined by a certain beautiful genius named Anna Tivel. Don’t miss this! And of course I will be hosting the Sunday morning Community Celebration, a musical love-fest-extravaganza that is free and open to all. I hope you’ll join us in the village green tent Sunday morning to see lots of sleepy musicians sing and play their hearts out!

I’m excited to be hosting a women’s song circle at Mount Tabor Music School in Portland this fall! We will gather on Thursday, Sept 19 and Thursday, Oct 17 at 7:30 pm. A song circle is a fun, safe space to share new and old works and to offer/receive support and feedback (if requested). Open to all ages and levels. If you have a new song or an old song or a favorite cover song you’d like to share, or if you’d like to sharpen your performance skills by playing for others, or if you’d like to celebrate creativity and community, I hope you will join us! This is a free event. Register today by emailing me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com!

October will bring trips to Colorado and North Carolina, and some of my favorite spots. I am honored to be a part of the Chuck Pyle tribute concerts in Denver and Ft Collins, and I’m excited to bring our Stand and Sway duo to NC! Hope to see you out there on the road for these special shows! 

3. PICS AND FUN STUFF…

This was the beautiful venue at Point Richmond Acoustic…like a big wooden ship!


and the gorgous oak who shaded us all week at Harris Bridge Song Camp!


and it was such a lovely evening at the Harris Bridge Folk Festival.


and then this happened the next morning… never thought i would get to jam out with a funk band in the woods! Check out DTW…they are awesome! 


Ms Bailey Pants loved it a Harris Bridge Vineyard and she asked for an application to work at the tasting room. 


and this was the pre-rehearsal situation at Home By Dark… so stressful! You know I can’t help it with the cute pup pics! 


4 THE FUTURE. Thank you for all of your responses to my musings on the future in last month’s newsletter! I am excited to see what path reveals itself as I turn away from touring full-time. I have already begun envisioning what that path might look like. The winds of change are blowing, and as unsettling as that can be, I know that growth comes from change. Stay tuned for updates here! In the mean time I hope I will see you out there on the road so I can sing to you! Thank you for reading, listenting, showing up time and again. Hope to see you out there soon! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Oct 4 – Wildwood Sounds – Del Norte, CO

Oct 5 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Swallow Hill – Denver, CO

Oct 6 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Avo’s – Fort Collins, CO

Oct 9 – Stand and Sway @ The Kraken – Chapen Hill, NC

Oct 10 – Stand and Sway @ The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, NC

Oct 11 – Stand and Sway @ The Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Oct 12 – Stand and Sway @ Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts – Youngsville, NC

Oct 17 – Women’s Song Circle @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Oct 24 – Stand and Sway @ Vashon Center for the Arts – Vashon, WA

Oct 25 – Stand and Sway @ Alberta Rose Theater – Porland, OR

Oct 26 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Oct 27 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Nov 2 – Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR

Nov 10 – Alberta Rose Theater – Portland, OR

August News is here!

I love August…the dog days of summer!

Tuesday, Jul 30, 2019

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then I remember they are all dog days. 🙂

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers – What a beautiful summer this has been! I feel so grateful that Bailey and I got to take and epic road trip across OR, WA, ID, UT, MT, and CO! We got to visit friends and see some beautiful sights, and now my suspicions are confirmed that this girl loves adventures! This was her attitude for 2800 miles. 🙂 Here are my adventures coming up soon…

Fri, Aug 2 – Point Richmond Acoustic – Point Richmond, CA. w/Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan. The concert is held at the beautiful, historic and acoustically awesome First Methodist Church of Point Richmond – 201 Martina Street. 7 pm doors/7:30 pm music. $16-$20. Tickets here

Sat, Aug 3 – Private House Concert – Walnut Creek, CA.

Mon, Aug 5 & Tues, Aug 6 – Private Event – San Diego, CA.

Fri, Aug 9 – Poetry Reading at Paulina Springs Books – Sisters, OR. 252 W Hood Ave. 541-549-0866. I will be reading from my poetry books “Ladder to the Light” and “Kazoo Symphonies” and I might even weave in a song or two at Sister’s beloved independent book store! 6:30 pm. Free and open to all!

Sat, Aug 10 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR. 223 E. Hood Ave. (541) 549-2471. I love this sweet little spot! I will play solo in the beautiful Eurosports Beer Garden from 5-7. This event is free and open to all and donations are encouraged.

Tue, Aug 13-Fri, Aug 16 – Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp – Philomath, OR. Co-led by BW and Clara Baker, Harris Bridge Songwriting camp is a retreat exploring songwriting, folk music, community, nature, and how they all intersect. The 3-day camp includes workshops, small-group song swaps, co-writing opportunities, 1-on-1 time with instructors, as well as plenty of opportunities for jamming, writing, and exploring the gorgeous Harris Bridge area’s hiking trails, vineyard, river, and swimming hole! This is a welcoming and non-judgmental community where songwriters at any stage of experience can come and be inspired, connect with their creativity and to the land, and have the time and space to write, reflect, and play. Starts 10 am on Tues.

Fri, Aug 16 – Stand and Sway @ Harris Bridge Folk Festival – Philomath, OR. Stand and Sway plays the opening night of Harris Bridge Folk Festival under the oak trees at the beautiful Harris Bridge Vineyard! 5 pm. $20 single day pass/$40 weekend pass.

Sat, Aug 24 – Home By Dark at Brooke Street Park – Alpharetta, GA HOME BY DARK brings it’s one-of-a-kind music show to beautiful Brook Street Park in downtown Alpharetta, Georgia. The concert is free. Bring food and friends for a night you’ll never forget. A SONG CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE. With the amazing HBD Band and Nathan Angelo! 7:30 pm. 

1. GRATITUDE…I am so grateful, let me count the ways! Thank you to these wonderful friends for making our summer adventure so fun…Cheryl & Clint, T & Gia, Renee, and Ocea & Violet & Jett and the Skyhorse family. Thank you Sharon and all at the Hayloft Barn in Salem, to Wendy & Linda and all in Fergus, and to John and friends for hosting wonderful concerts!

2. THE NEWS…I am so excited for this month’s happenings. I get to return to the beatuiful Point Richmond Acoustic series in the bay area to share the evening with wonderful singer-songwriter-musicians Claudia Russell and Bruce Kaplan. And then the next night we have been invited to help some folks celebrate a special anniversary. It is always so humbling and such an honor when folks choose my music to be part of important moments in thier lives. It reminds me of why I do what I do and fills me with joy. Then I am thrilled to be heading to one of my favorite places, Sisters, to do a poetry reading at their lovely independent book store Paulina Springs Books and to play a solo show at the sweet beer garden of Eurosports! Going to Sisters feels a little bit like going home, and I can’t wait to see some dear friends and hopefully make some news ones. 

I am delighted to be co-hosting the very first songwriting camp at Harris Bridge Vineyard right outside of Corvallis from August 13-16! This. Place. Is. BEAUTIFUL. And as if that were’t enough, I get to co-host with the amazing Clara Baker, singer-songwriter-fiddler-guitarist-extraordinaire who has been tearing up stages all across the country solo and with her band Five Letter Word. And as if that weren’t enough, the owners of Harris Bridge, Nathan and Amanda and their family, have created a community around their place that is warm, inclusive, intentional, celebratory, friendly, and simply magical. And as if that weren’t enough, I’m thrilled to be playing this year’s Harris Bridge Folk Festival on Aug 16 with Ara Lee James as our duo Stand and Sway! 

Every year I look forward to returning one of my favorite concert series, Home By Dark in Alpharetta, GA. James and Karen Casto have grown this series into must-see events with huge and loyal audiences who are delighted every time. Home by Dark always has a house band of the most amazing musicians backing up songwriters from around the country in beautiful outdoor settings, with each performance raising money and awareness for a local non-profit organization. These evenings are simply unforgettable and I can’t believe I get to be a part of it year after year! If you are anywhere near Atlanta I hope you will come check it out! 

As you may know, I am stretching into new territory doing these poetry readings, and it feels exhilirating and energizing and so fun to try something new. I find that the more I embrace my love of poetry, the more I find other folks who love it, too. Holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have a favorite independent book store I should reach out to? I love learning about these places and hope to visit new places in my travels. 

I am so excited to tell you I am starting a women’s song circle in Portland! I loved my song circle community in Eugene so much, and I miss our gatherings so much. I wanted to start something locally, and I also wanted to create a space where women can come together to support and encourage each other. We will be gathering at the Mount Tabor Music School in southeast Portland to share songs, make new friends, and enjoy some new music. Our first gatherings will be on Sept 19 and Oct 17. These are free and open to all ages. Email me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com if you have questions?

Coming up soon is one of my favorite weeks of the year — Sisters Folk Festival and Americana Song Academy (a/k/a song school)! I’m so excited to be playing the festival this year with the Stand and Sway full band! We will be joined by Steven Skolnik on percussion, Milo Fultz on upright bass, and Anna Tivel on fiddle and vocals. Be still my heart! Ara and I are thrilled to be teaching at song school, and there are a few spots left. Get the full scoop here! 

In Stand and Sway news, we are looking forward to the “offical” release of our debut album “Deep Blue” in October! We hope you will come celebrate with us on October 25 at the Alberta Rose Theater in Portland. We will be sharing the evening with the great band Five Letter Word. Tickets are on sale now! Also that weekend Ara and I will be offering an Open Song Workshop at Mount Tabor Music School. We will meet for 3 hours in the afternoon on Sat, Oct 26 and for 3 hours in the morning on Sun, Oct 27. Click here to learn more about our workshops!

Speaking of Stand and Sway, check out this rehearsal with Sarah Siskind the morning before Songsmith Gathering! I still have chill bumps…


stand and sway with sarah siskind

Here’s some fun random pics from July…

 these are the “footlights” at the Hayloft Barn concert series in Salem hahaha!

this guy David Stoddard made me laugh so hard this beer came out my nose. It wasn’t pretty. 


we had so much fun at Wendy’s house concert! Love these ladies!


and such a beautiful art-filled space in Ortonville to sing in!


This is Joe Pye, house greeting committee. 


How do I love this? Let me count the ways…


Turns out she loves to swim!!!


3. THE FUTURE…Dear friends, my imagination is turning and I can feel my field of vision expanding. Maybe it was all those miles we drove on our adventure across the west?! For the first time since 1997, I am starting to imagine a life for myself that does not involve touring all the time. Writing and performing songs will always be my great love, but I am also loving discovering and celebrating new parts of myself. For the first time, it doesn’t feel like defeat to admit that I am a little burned out from solo touring life. It feels exciting! What if I am more than just a touring solo singer-songwriter? What if I have other gifts to develop and share? 

It feels vulnerable to write down and share these things with you, but it is also my truth. I know I will always make music. But now I am reenvisioning a way of doing it that is more sustainable and makes more sense to me. Part of this new vision is creating and performing with Stand and Sway, part is delving more deeply into writing and into the literary world, part of it is teaching, part of it is learning new things, part of it is unknown. I’d like to explore artist residencies, work on my next book, find new avenues for teaching creative writing and leading workshops, take some classes, and see what the world has in store for me besides endless touring. 🙂 And who knows what else?! 

Your support has been my bread and water throughout the years and has also been instrumental in helping me open my eyes to new things. It feels unconditional. And it feels beautiful. For that and for YOU, I am ever grateful. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts so feel free to reach out at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com!

Hope to see you out there soon! With much love and gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Sep 3-6 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 8-9 Stand and Sway @ Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR

Sep 13 – Private House Concert -Seattle, WA

Sep 19 – Women’s Song Circle @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Sep 26 – Stand and Sway @ Gallery Concert – Paonia, CO

Oct 4 – Wildwood Sounds – Del Norte, CO

Oct 5 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Swallow Hill – Denver, CO

Oct 6 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Avo’s – Fort Collins, CO

Oct 9 – Stand and Sway @ The Kraken – Chapen Hill, NC

Oct 10 – Stand and Sway @ The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, NC

Oct 11 – Stand and Sway @ The Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Oct 12 – Stand and Sway @ Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts – Youngsville, NC

Oct 17 – Women’s Song Circle @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Oct 24 – Stand and Sway @ Vashon Center for the Arts – Vashon, WA

Oct 25 – Stand and Sway @ Alberta Rose Theater – Porland, OR

Oct 26 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Oct 27 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Mt Tabor Music School – Portland, OR

Hello, Summer — July newsy news is here!

Hello, summer…

Sunday, June 30, 2019

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we’re glad you’re here and thanks for bringing the cherries and sunlight.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Summer is in full swing now, and I hope you are enjoying these long days. We had an incredibly fun June filled with lots of Stand and Sway concerts and workshops. And now, Bailey and I are heading off in a few days for a fun vacation/road trip to some of my favorite people and places! When we get back, here’s what’s going on…

Sat, July 20 – Stand and Sway @ Hayloft Barn Concerts – Salem, ORPrivate event (but you can email Sharon at sharon.hayloft@gmail.com for details and invitation). With Paula Byrne. 7 pm. $15 suggested donation.

Thu, July 25 – House Concert – Fergus Falls, MN. With David Stoddard. 

Fri, July 26 – House Concert – Ortonville, MN. With David Stoddard. 

Sat, July 27 – Farm to Table Concert Series – Amory, WIWith David Stoddard. 110 Keller Avenue North. 715-268-4510. Jpin us for a summer concert series in a beautiful gallery space in downtown Amery. Come early for dinner or stay after for drinks and dessert at our local food restaurant! $20-$30. 6-9 pm.

1. GRATITUDE…Oh what a heart and spirit-filling time we have had these past few weeks! Special thanks to these beautiful humans for making it so: Mike and Julie and friends in Lowell; JoAn Mann, Mandy Troxel, Darvill’s Bookstore and all on Orcas Island; Vashon Center for the Arts and Kathryn Claire and Sid Ditson; Moody Little Sister and all at Al’s Den; Stephanie Schneiderman and Scott et all at Tsunami Books; Kathy and Gi and PJ and Marean and all the beautiful women at the WNS Retreat at Stillpoint Farm. My heart is full!

2. THE NEWS…Bailey and I are headed out on a road trip and it feels like I’m on summer vacation! So on that note, I’ll keep things short and sweet. Here goes:

— Since the dream-like thrill of the Oregon Book Awards, I’ve had such a blast doing poetry readings, and I’m working to make more of those magical moments happen. Turns out that weaving poems and songs together is one of my favorite things. 

— I have a basket full of new poems, and I’m working to see what patterns emerge for a new book. 

— I am SUPER STOKED for the Harris Bridge Folk Festival and Song Camp coming up in August! If you love songs and community and nature and wine and beautiful humans, you will love this place! I am co-leading the song camp with the incredibly talented Clara Baker, and then playing the first night of the folk fest with Ara as a duo show. I love this place. Check it all out here!

— I am planning to do more teaching in fall. Soon I will unveil plans for a monthly women’s song circle and for a multi-week songwriting class in Portland at the Mount Tabor Music School. WOOP! Ara and I will also be offering an Open Song Workshop there in October so stay tuned!

— Often when I go to type “Portland,” I mess up and type “Poetland” instead. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

— Ara and I are having a blast leading workshops! We loved our time on Orcas Island where we got to do a bookstore poetry reading, an evening concert, and an afternoon workshop! Do you know of any venues/places near you where this model might work? If so, please holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

— And we are so excited for Stand and Sway‘s official digital release of our debut album DEEP BLUE. We are working with an amazing publicist Ever Kipp from Tiny Human in Seattle to coordinate the release, and we are planning a big celebration/band show/co-bill with Five Letter Word in Portland on Oct 25 — save the date! Check out this beautiful article about Stand and Sway from the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber!

Well looky who came on the road with me as my merch manager! Sales sky-rocketed since she joined the team!

We had such a wonderful time at Darvill’s Bookstore on Orcas Island! Our new friend Mandy Troxel played some beautiful tunes and I couldn’t believe it when all the chairs filled up! Thank you JoAn for setting this up.

People who love poetry as much as i do…. so miraculous

We had so much fun at the Orcas Grange Hall, and our friend Mandy sat in with us on a song for some delicious 3 part harmonies!


Then we got to each lunch at the Orcas farmers market. It was so quaint and lovely it felt like we were in a dream. (That’s our lovely host JoAn and our new friend Jim)


and ohhhhh the beautiful water…


Our lovely workshop circle in JoAn’s front yard!


Oh what fun we had at the beautiful Vashon Arts Center with the wonderful Kathryn Claire and Sid Ditson on violins! 


And then Mike Meyer invited us to his radio show on KRVM in Eugene! We have decided he is the tallest (and nicest) man in radio.


We loved making music with the great Stephanie Schneiderman at Tsunami Books in Eugene!


and then we headed out to Stillpoint Farm for a women’s retreat…


We loved being with these lovely and courageous souls!

And finally oh my grrrrd this might be the cutest thing ever. Our friend Mandy Troxel is also a wool artist (she and her friends own Bossy Feltworks) and she made me a tiny Bailey….I can’t even!

3. THE FUTURE…Oh how I love summer time in Oregon. Berries are exploding everywhere and every drop of sunshine is cherished. There will be hammock time and shows and workhops and campfires and new songs and poems and copious amounts of dog photos. 🙂 Thank you from my heart for reading this and for listening and showing up, for being part of my creative journey. I hope to see you out there the road soon! With much gratitude, as always, from your fan,

 Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

DOWN THE ROAD A PIECE…

Aug 2 – Point Richmond Acoustic w/Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan – Point Richmond, CA

Aug 3 – Private Party – Walnut Creek, CA

Aug 4-7 – Private Event – San Diego, CA

Aug 10 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR

Aug 13-16 Harris Bridge Songwriting Retreat w/Clara Baker – Philomath, OR

Aug 16 – Stand and Sway @ Harris Bridge Folk Festial – Philomath, OR

Aug 24 – Home By Dark @ Brooke St Park – Alpharetta, GA

Sep 3-6 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 8-9 Stand and Sway @ Sisters Folk Festival – Sisters, OR

Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR

Oct 4 – Wildwood Sounds – Del Norte, CO

Oct 5 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Swallow Hill – Denver, CO

Oct 6 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Avo’s – Fort Collins, CO

Oct 9 – Stand and Sway @ The Kraken – Chapen Hill, NC

Oct 10 – Stand and Sway @ The Rooster’s Wife – Aberdeen, NC

Oct 11 – Stand and Sway @ The Cary Theater – Cary, NC

Oct 12 – Stand and Sway @ Big Bad Wolf’s Small Good Concerts – Youngsville, NC

June is full of newsy news!

June, it’s official…

Friday, June 1, 2019

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I heart you.

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers – 

Summer is here! Here’s what I’ll be up to in June… click on the links below or check out the tour page on my website for full details, y’all.

Sat, June 1 – House Concert – Lowell, OR

Fri, June 7 – Poetry Reading at Darvill’s Bookstore – Orcas, WA

Sat, June 8 – Stand and Sway @ Orcas Island Grange – Eastsound, WA               

Sun, June 9 – Stand and Sway Workshop – Eastsound, WA

Fri, June 14 – Stand and Sway @ Vashon Center for the Arts – Vashon, WA

Sat, June 15 – Stand and Sway @ Al’s Den – Portland, OR

Fri, June 21 – Stand and Sway @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

Sat, June 22 – Stand and Sway @ Women, Nature & Song Workshop – Veneta, OR

Sun, June 23 – Stand and Sway @ Women, Nature & Song Workshop – Veneta, OR

1. GRATITUDE…Special thanks to these folks for making May so wonderful: to Bill & Sue and all who took part in our Open Song Workshop at the Peninsual Arts Center; to Susan Moore and Literary Arts and Newport Public Library for hosting our Oregon Book Awards author tour; to John Felty and Brevard Music Center and all the wonderful song schoolers and folk who came to support Songsmith Gathering; to Alberta Street Pub and Ocea and Scott Cook and all who helped us celebrate birthday and our new album!; to Audrey and Milton and friends who supported our house concert, and to PJ for making us feel at home!

2. THE NEWS…As you can see from all the dates above, June will be filled with Stand and Sway shows and workshops! (If you haven’t heard, I started a duo with my dear friend Ara Lee James and we recorded an album and we’re having a blast singing and stomping and giggling all across the land!) Ara and I are having so much fun bringing these new songs from our DEEP BLUE album out into the open. We will be doing an official online launch of the album in October, so we’ll keep you posted on that. In the mean time we are working on finding listening rooms and concert series that would be good fit for our music along with places we can offer our Open Song workshops. Built on the underlying principle that everyone is musical, we joyfully help people rediscover (or discover for the first time) their musical selves. We write, sing, share and play and just have fun with music! We had a blast with the good folks at Peninsula Arts Center spending the day playing, and we are thrilled to be offering an afternoon workshop this month at a beautiful home on Orcas island. If you know of a place that would be a good fit for our workshop or a concert, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com.

We had so much fun in Brevard, NC at the Songsmith Gathering and song school this past month! It is so inspiring to be in a community of creative exploration with other songwriters. I am looking forward to growing and building on that community and can’t wait for next year! On that note, there are some very special opportunities coming up for nurturing your creative self in an inspiring setting. In addition to the Open Song workshop I mentioned above, Ara and I will be leading a songwriting retreat called Women, Nature and Song at the beautiful Stillpoint farm in Veneta, OR on June 22-23. There will be lots of singing, writing, sharing, quiet time, song circles, and performance coaching on this beautiful and sacred land. 

And in August I am so thrilled to be co-hosting the first Harris Bridge Songwriting Camp with Clara Baker! Clara is a light bringer and extremely talented singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist and I’m so excited to co-host with her. Harris Bridge Vineyard is a gorgeous, quiet spot right outside of Philomath next to a river and flanked by a covered bridge. I had the good fortune if being invited to sing at their eclipse party a couple of years ago. It was a transendent experience. Since then Nathan and Amanda have become good friends, and their values and enthusiasm for community and art and music resonate so deeply with my own. We will lead songwriting exercises, take time in nature, share songs around a campfire, and have one-on-one mentoring sessions. Nathan and Amanda have hosted the Harris Bridge Folk Festival the last two summers, and I’m thrilled to be kicking off this year’s festival (right after the songwriting camp) as a Stand and Sway duo show!

Speaking of Songsmith Gathering and NC, we had so much fun playing a few songs and visiting with Heather Anders on 98.1 FM The River in Asheville, NC! Click here to listen to Stand and Sway’s songs and interview!

Guess what y’all, great news! Mount Tabor Music School, the school where I have my studio for private lessons, is a finalist in the Willamette Week‘s Best of Portland 2019! Let’s cast our votes for this wonderful neighborhood gathering and learning place! Congrats to Sarah Collins for building her vision of Mount Tabor Music School and for nurturing music within people of all ages. I’m so delighted to be a part of this community, and I am envisioning leading workshops and songwriting classes for the fall, so stay tuned!

Here’s a song I have been working on for a while and it finally came together right around Mother’s Day. I wrote this with my mother and my grandmother in mind. The older I get, the more grateful I become for having these two gracious, generous, beautiful role models in my life, and I have also come to learn that they are with me always, even when we are not together. Plus Bailey stars in this video so…bonus!

with me everywhere

Here’s some random pics y’all..

Circled up at the Open Song workshop at the PAC! I believe in the magic of the circle when leading creative workshops because everyone’s voice is equal!


My favorite view/foggy morning coffee and writing spot at the Brevard Music Center… 


They rolled out the welcome mat at 98.1 The River in Asheville


We had so much fun visiting with Heather and playing ‘Nasty Woman’ because it felt just right.

These ladies rawk. 


Circled up again… this time at Songsmith Song School with Sarah Siskind in the middle improvising a song from words we threw out there. My favorite line from her impromptu song: “Sneeze with confidence.” hahaha It was pure magic! 


I love me some circle time…


Brave group of song schoolers! 

The Songsmith Gathering was pure joy.


AND Sarah joined us for a few songs, launching us into the 3 part harmony stratosphere..


AND we were joined by Noel Felty on drums and Patrick Smith on keys for a few songs!


Thank you to everyone who came out to help celebrate my birthday and our album at Alberta Street Pub! I love this pic so much. See Steven’s face? That’s one of the many reasons we love playing with him. He’s dailed in!


The best Merch Queen ever Ocea… AND she made rice krispie treats that spelled out Nasty Women! 


 Best tour manager ever. Super low stress management style.

And here’s a postcard from Portland…


3. THE FUTURE…I am so excited for this summer with time for writing, road tripping, and songwriting retreats in this beautiful part of the world. And I can’t wait to take Bailey swimming when she gets her cast off. 🙂 

Thank you for being a part of my creative journey. You are the reason this works. I hope I’ll see you out there at a concert or retreat or workshop. 

With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

down the road a piece…

July 20 – Stand and Sway @ Hayloft Barn Concerts – Salem, OR

July 25 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Fergus Falls, MN

July 26 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Orntonville, MN

July 27 – Farm to Table Concerts w/David Stoddard – Amery, WI

Aug 2 – Point Richmond Acoustic w/Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan – Point Richmond, CA

Aug 3 – Private Party – Walnut Creek, CA

Aug 10 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR

Aug 13-16 Harris Bridge Songwriting Retreat w/Clara Baker – Philomath, OR

Aug 16 – Stand and Sway @ Harris Bridge Folk Festial – Philomath, OR

Aug 24 – Home By Dark @ Brooke St Park – Alpharetta, GA

Sep 3-6 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 8-9 Stand and Sway @ Sisters Folk Festival

Sep 9 – Sisters Folk Festival Community Celebration – Sisters, OR

Oct 4 – Wildwood Sounds – Del Norte, CO

Oct 5 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Swallow Hill – Denver, CO

Oct 6 – Chuck Pyle Tribute Concert at Avo’s – Fort Collins, CO

May Newsy News is here!

May, you are my favorite…

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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(don’t tell anyone.)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

What an amazing ride these past few weeks have been! There is so much to tell you. But before I get to that, here’s what’s going on this month…

Sat, May 4 – Stand and Sway Open Song Workshop at Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Sun, May 5 – Oregon Book Awards Author Tour at Newport Public Library – Newport, OR

Thu, May 16 – Songsmith Song School at Brevard Music Center – Brevard, NC

Fri, May 17 – Songsmith Song School at Brevard Music Center – Brevard, NC

Sat, May 18 – Songsmith Gathering at Brevard Music Center – Brevard, NC

Wed, May 22 – Stand and Sway/BW Birthday Celebration with Scott Cook at Alberta Street Pub – Portland, OR

Sat, May 25 – Stand and Sway House Concert – Sisters, OR

Details about shows are on my website here. Hope to see you there!

1. GRATITUDE. My heart is overflowing with gratitude these days. THANK YOU to all of you who cast your vote for my book online in the Oregon Book Awards People’s Choice Category! Thank you to my Mom and Dad for coming to Portland to celebrate this amazing honor with me! And thank you Bob and Pam and Jamie and Shannon for cheering me on at the awards ceremony! Thank you to all of these fine folks for making April such a smashing success…Cal Scott and Richard Moore and Matt Miner and all at O’Connor’s, to all at HPPR and the Chalice Room, to Phil & Sue and friends, to the Howe family, to Chris and Bekki, Ashley and Nathan and all who gathered in the spirit garden, to Dana and all at the Donkey ranch, Tom and Cindy Faulkner, to Kathy and Steve, Nancy and Joel, Sandi & Rod, Bob and Artichoke Music, Literary Arts, Matt and Sasha and Northwind Arts Center, Meggan and friends, and Mark & Jeanne. 

2. THE NEWS. Well I am completely beside myself in awe and delight to tell you that my poetry book “Ladder to the Light” is the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Reader’s Choice Award winner!! WHAAAAT!?! It was such a surreal moment when they called my name that I hardly remember anything after that. It was so special to have my Mom and Dad with me. I feel so grateful every day that I had parents who saw me and who let me be exactly who I am. That sounds so simple but it is only with their encouragement and support that I was able to learn to be my creative, musical, introspective, wordy little ol self. And I am so grateful to Nathan Brown and Ashley Stanberry Brown and Mezcalita Press for giving my poetry a home. I am energized and encouraged and already working on my next book! I will always love poetry and as I told Ara once I will die on that hill! But I’m so very excited to live on it, too. Thank you Literary Arts and all of you who voted. My heart is full. (If you want to get your hands on a copy, come see me at a show or you can buy one now at Powell’s Books!)

In other news, my birthday is coming up on May 22 and I want to celebrate with you and Ara Lee James and Steven Skolnik with a Stand and Sway concert at Albert Street Pub! Our very special guest will be the great Scott Cook – a singer-songwriter and storyteller with great depth and passion and humor and heart. All I want for my birthday is to celebrate with my friends and sing and stomp and dance and listen to this amazing artist. Wanna join us!?? Tickets are $15 at the door. Come early at 6 for doors and celebration and we will crank up the music around 7. I know it’s a Wednesday, but I promise it won’t be a late night (unless you want it to be)!

I can’t believe we are mere days away from the 2nd Songsmith Gathering and Song School in Brevard, NC! Brevard holds such a special place in my heart and I am so delighted to be a part of this festival and songwriting retreat! I can’t wait to nerd out on songwriting for a few days with the great Sarah Siskind and Ara Lee James and a wonderful group of songwriters. And then the festival has such a killer lineup…David Crosby and The Brother Brothers and Suitcase Junket and Erin Rae and Hush Kids and Sarah Siskind and many more. It will be a day to remember! 

Also coming up are some wonderful Stand and Sway duo shows in Vashon, Portland, Eugene, Orcas Island, Salem, and more…see our website for the latest updates. We will be leading a workshop called Women Nature and Song at a beautiful farm outside of Eugene on June 22 and 23. And in August I am thrilled to be co-leading a songwriting retreat with the great Clara Baker at Harris Bridge Vineyard August 13-15 and returning to the Harris Bridge Folk Festival right after with Stand and Sway! 

Well sometimes things don’t all fall into place, and it looks like we will not be able to do the songwriting retreat in Guanatajuato, Mexico this year after all. But I am so incredibly grateful to Suzan Lundy for having this vision of Songwriters Crossing Borders and for inviting me to be a part of it, and I believe in this vision! Many folks we reached out to expressed interest in doing something next year, so we are setting our sites on that. Thank you to all of you creative and adventurous souls who expressed interest and for dwelling in possibility with us. Stay tuned!

Check out this wonderful new magazine/website called Songbones by multi-talented artist and sister in song Michelle McAfee!!  It is a beautiful quarterly magazine and website hub for grassroots singer-songwriters and roots music lovers. Michelle was kind enough to include an expert from my Facepalm: Stories from the Merch Table book. Reading through the first issue I find myself nodding in agreement again and again…this magazine speaks my language. Also Michelle hosts a Songbones podcast and she had me and Ara on as her guests. We had such a fun time giggling and wooping it up and sharing real talk with Michelle. You can listen to our podcast here!

oh man y’all the bluebonnets in Texas greeted me in full force! 

This makes me so happy! My cousins Rachel and Stephen created a wheel of BW song requests for my house concert!


What a treat to play the new piano at Chris & Bekki’s house!


And yes, we did a concert at a miniature donkey ranch! They were an excellent audience although they were tough critics, ha! 


such a beautiful place!


I always have so much fun singing with my buddy Tom Faulkner.


We had such a lovely time at the spirit garden reading/concert. I had to sing “Coyote Prayer” for my spirit animal!


Mom and Dad photobomb in at the backyard concert in Gruene. Thank you Rob for sharing all the great photos!


Oh. My. Gawd. Somebody pinch me please. I hope I didn’t say any embarassing stuff up there because it was all a blur!

such a fun Stand and Sway house concert in Ranier, WA! 

this is Tito the ranch dog and he had much wisdom to share along with smiles and slobber.


can’t believe I get to hang out with the sweetest happiest girl in the world! 


3. THE FUTURE…It’s going to be such a wonderful summer full of fun shows and collaborations and even some time for a road trip with Bailey and some writing. I am so excited to be leaning in to this Stand and Sway project. I truly can’t wait to share this work with you and to keep making more! Thank you for walking beside me on this crooked path, and for cheering me on. I am grateful every day to live the life of an artist and to do the work I am called to do. Hope to see you out there soon. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube

 

down the road a piece…

June 1 – House Concert – Lowell, OR

June 8 – Stand and Sway @ The Orcas Island Grange – Westsound, WA

June 14 – Stand and Sway @ Vashon Arts Center – Vashon, WA

June 15 – Stand and Sway @ Al’s Den – Portland, OR

June 21 – Stand and Sway @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

June 22-23 – Women Nature and Song Workshop – Veneta, OR

July 20 – Stand and Sway @ Hayloft Barn Concerts – Salem, OR

July 25 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Fergus Falls, MN

July 26 – House Concert w/David Stoddard – Orntonville, MN

July 27 – Farm to Table Concerts w/David Stoddard – Amery, WI

Aug 2 – Point Richmond Acoustic w/Claudia Russell & Bruce Kaplan – Point Richmond, CA

Aug 10 – Eurosports Beer Garden – Sisters, OR

Aug 13-16 Harris Bridge Songwriting Retreat w/Clara Baker – Philomath, OR

Aug 16 – Stand and Sway @ Harris Bridge Folk Festial – Philomath, OR

Aug 24 – Home By Dark @ Brooke St Park – Alpharetta, GA

Sep 3-6 – Americana Song Academy – Sisters, OR

Sep 7 & 8 Stand and Sway @ Sisters Folk Festival

April Newsy News is here!

April, get over here.

Friday Mar 29, 2019

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Nice flowers!

Seriously, y’all. This is how excited I am for spring! (thank you Joe Werne for the pic!)

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

I hope you are enjoying this unfolding of spring as much as I am!

Here is what is happening this month. Details of all of these shows are on my website tour page. If you’d like to know more about a certain event, click on the venue website below or take a gander over at my tour page! I hope to see you out there soon.

Mon, Apr 1 – O’Connor’s Vault – Songwriters in the Round – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 5 – HPPR Living Room Concerts at the Chalice Abbey – Amarillo, TX

Sar, Apr 6 – House Concert w/ Tom Faulkner – Lake Eufala, OK

Sun, Apr 7 – Private Event – Coppell, TX

Tue, Apr 9 – House Concert – Austin, TX

Wed, Apr 10 – The Inaugural Spirit Garden Performance Series – Wimberley, TX

Thu, Apr 11 – Private House Concert – Spicewood, TX

Fri, Apr 12 – Private House Concert- Kingwood, TX

Sat, Apr 13 – Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts – League City, TX

Sun, Apr 14 – Backyard at Gruene Home Concerts – Gruene, TX

Wed, Apr 17 – Poetry Reading at Artichoke Music – Portland, OR

Sat, Apr 20 – Private Event – Portland, OR

Fri, Apr 26 – Stand and Sway @ North Wind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA

Sat, Apr 27 – Stand and Sway @ House Concert – Ranier, WA

Sun, Apr 28 – Private Event – Olympia, WA

GRATITUDE…I am so grateful for the wonderful, spirit-nourishing collaborations of this past month. Thank you, Ara Lee James, David Stoddard, Edie Carey, John Standish, The Aurora Chorus, and Stephanie Bettman for lifting my spirits and feeding my soul! Special thanks to Chuck & Lynn & Mark and all at The Barn, to Carol & Ed and all at the Chicken Barn, to The Aurora Chorus, to Sarah Collins, to Bob & Jake and Kristi and all in Medford, to Lynn & Tim and friends in Waconia, to Bill & Joan for the rescue, to Tim and Harmony for Mayo, to the Audlin family, to Gary & Kim and all at Casa DeVilbiss, to all at Swallow Hill, to Karen & Scott, and to Joe Werne and all at Little Tree Acoustic Concerts! 

THE NEWS…I am so excited (and a little nervous) for the Oregon Book Awards ceremony coming up! Voting is still open for the People’s Choice Award, so if you are so inclined, you can go cast your vote for my book! The deadline for voting is April 15. (Also please note, you can only vote once… but thanks for trying to stuff the ballot box, hahaha!)

And Portland peeps, save the date! May 22 will be our Stand and Sway album release celebration with special guest the great Scott Cook!! If you have seen Scott play at Sisters Folk Festival or elsewhere, you know he is an incredibly insightful, inspiring wordsmith with a quick wit and a knack for making people feel at ease and –  before they know it – sing along with him. Also, that is my birthday and all I want is to celebrate with you. I don’t know if there is such a thing as IPA cake, but I’ll bet we can find out. WHEEEEEEE!!!


I am also very excited for these songwriting/creativity workshops coming up! There is still time to sign up for these, so check them out! 

First will be the 2nd annual Songsmith Gathering Song School in beautiful Brevard, NC May 16-17! The great Sarah Siskind and I started the song school last year, and it was magical. If you are in the southeast and you want to explore your creative side, I hope you’ll join us! Ara Lee James will also be there lending her voice and wisdom and experience to the camp. And right after song camp is the amazing festival the Songsmith Gathering. This year’s line-up is ridiculous…David Crosby, Mipso, The Suitcase Junket, Sarah Siskind, and more!

In June, Ara and I will be leading the two-day Women, Nature and Song workshop Stillpoint Farm in Veneta (outside of Eugene)! This land is sacred and peaceful and we will be sharing in the magic of supporting and learning from each other. Kathy and Gina have held many festivals and events on their beautiful land, and this will be a continuation of their work in their world to raise and strengthen women’s voices while celebrating nature, community, and creativity. 

At the end of June/beginning of July, I am delighted to be leading a week-long retreat in Guanatuato, Mexico! It is called Songwriters Crossing Borders and could not be more excited to be a part of this sure to be magical experience! Also on staff will be the inspiring Chris Kokesh, Lupita Ye, Noah M and Suzan Lundy. We will explore creativity and songwriting, share and learn from each other, experience the beautiful scenery and learn about the music, ryhthms, food and culture of Mexico and more! Check out these beautiful videos about this enchanted, inspiring place! 

songwriters crossing borders retreat: guanajuato, mexico casa de espiritus alegres

guanajuato -- mexico's dream city

Also, TEXAS. I’m comin at ya for a whole big heap of solo shows in April so check out the tour page! 

This was so cool to see the song I wrote with Kim Richey on the Starbucks Country Spotify playlist!

gonna be lots more of this in my near future… I’m so excited for all the poetry reading events coming up!


and oh my GEERRSSH I had so much fun playing and singing and cutting up with Edie Carey and John Standish (not pictured)! 

 and then the great Stephanie Bettman sat in with us at Little Tree Acoustic Concerts!! 

 and then there was this traffic jam leaving the Casa  DeVilbiss house concert! 

 and then my friend Maggie talked me into running a half marathon in Golden and Joe ran with us and it was (mostly) so much fun!! a little hilly… but still fun. 🙂 Go Team Mags/BW! 

and then also isn’t she the cutest dog that ever lived? I love her so much I can’t even. We got a new frisbee and the world suddently opened into a field of green grass with fragrant spring flowers blossoming all around us! 🙂

 

As always, I am so grateful for you and your support of my creative life. Look for the new album DEEP BLUE by Stand and Sway soon! I hope to see you out there on the road soon so I can thank you and sing for you in person. Thank you for showing up and for telling your friends and for believing, just as I do, that art matters. With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

down the road a piece…
 
May 5 – Oregon Book Awards Author Tour – Newport, OR
May 11 – Private Event – Seattle, WA
May 16-17 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC
May 18 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC
May 22 – BW Birthday Celebration/Stand and Sway Album Celebration at Alberta Street Pub – Portland, OR
May 25 – Stand and Sway @ House Concert – Sisters, OR
June 1 – House Concert – Lowell, OR
June 8 – Stand and Sway @ The Orcas Island Grange – Westsound, WA
June 21 – Stand and Sway @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR
June 22-23 – Women Nature and Song Workshop – Veneta, OR
June 25-July 2 – Songwriters Crossing Borders Retreat – Guanajuato, Mexico
July 20 – Stand and Sway @ Hayloft Barn Concerts – Salem, OR

March 2019 update, y’all!

Hello, March…

Thursday Feb 28, 2019

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let’s do this!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Well I didn’t have shows in Feb, but it was jam packed! Here’s what is coming up soon, and I hope you’ll scroll down for newsy news, show details, gratitude, random musings and pics of the cutest dog ever. 🙂

Fri, Mar 1 – Stand and Sway @ Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA

Sat, Mar 2 – Stand and Sway @ Chicken Barn Concert Hall – Clinton, WA

Sun, Mar 3 – Stand and Sway w/The Aurora Chorus – Portland, OR

Sat, Mar 9 – Stand and Sway @ Private House Concert – Medford, OR

Fri, Mar 15 – Little House Concert Series – Waconia, MN w/ David Stoddard

Sat, Mar 16 – Old Kitchen Rug Brewery House Concert – St Louis Park, MN w/David Stoddard

Mon, Mar 18 – Rosemary & Merity Wilson Harmony For Mayo Program – Rochester, MN

Fri, Mar 22 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO w/Edie Carey

Sat, Mar 23 – Swallow Hill – Denver, CO w/Edie Carey

Sun, Mar 24 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Lafayette, CO w/Edie Carey

Sat, Mar 30 – Stand and Sway @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Sun, Mar 31 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA 

1. GRATITUDE. Thank you so much to Dan and Cheryl for hosting us in the Tiki Lounge and to all the good folks who came and made it such a fun night! 

2. THE NEWS. Well hold on folks,there is so much to tell you I hardly know where to start! Here goes…

I am still riding high on cloud 9 after the Oregon Book Awards announced that my poetry book Ladder to the Light is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall award. They held a lovely reception for the finalists last week and it was fun meeting new people and trying no to geek out seeing that little sticker on my book for the first time! It’s not too late to vote for the People’s Choice award, so please go cast your vote here if you haven’t already done so! (you can only vote once).

Speaking of books, I am so excited my third book is finally out! Thank you to Mezcalita Press for once again helping me get my musings out into the world in book form. This one is a series of funny little stories of awkward converstaions I have had at the merch table after shows. It’s called Facepalm: Stories from the Merch Table.  I have limited copies as I did a short run the first round just to make sure there weren’t any typos…but I have already ordered round 2 and it’s on its way! Here’s the link to where you can buy one my website if you are interested! I will also have them at shows to sell at…the merch table. So meta! You can also order from that big company that sells everything else — whatever works best for you. 

This month is jam packed with collaborations and fun shows! My new duo Stand and Sway with Ara Lee James Stand and Sway will be playing some wonderful listening room shows here in the NW and revisiting our collaboration with the Aurora Chorus women’s choir this month! Then I’m super excited to be playing some house concerts in Minnesota with my friend the great David Stoddard, and I’ve got three shows with the luminous Edie Cary in Colorado! Edie makes me cry every time she sings so we’ll see if I can keep it together on stage!

We had so much fun making our videos for The Rye Room Sessions! A particularly delicious bonus was that the great Anna Tivel joined us on these two songs! We are huge fans of Anna as a human and writer and singer and player and strong/tender spirit, and it was a dream to have her play and sing with us. Our song “Stand and Sway” brings poetry into the mix over intricate vocal layerings…we are excited to do more of this!

the rye room sessions - stand and sway featuring anna tivel

the rye room sessions - stand and sway featuring anna tivel

I am very excited about the teaching and workshops that are coming into my realm this year! I am offering guitar, voice, and songwriting coaching in our studio space in souteast Portland, and I’m having a blast with it. If you have any interest in one-on-one coaching, holler at me at bethwoodmusic@hotmail.com! 

I’m also thrilled and humbled to be a part of several AMAZING workshops coming up! First will be the 2nd annual Songsmith Gathering Song School in beautiful Brevard, NC May 16-17! The great Sarah Siskind and I started the song school last year, and it was magical. If you are in the southeast and you want to explore your creative side, I hope you’ll join us! Ara Lee James will also be there lending her voice and wisdom and experience to the camp. And right after song camp is the Songsmith Gathering. This year’s line-up is off the charts!

In June, Ara and I will be leading the two-day Women, Nature and Song workshop Stillpoint Farm in Veneta (outside of Eugene)! This land is sacred and peaceful and we will be sharing in the magic of supporting and learning from each other. Kathy and Gina have held many festivals and events on their beautiful land, and this will be a continuation of their work in their world to raise and strengthen women’s voices while celebrating nature, community, and creativity. Click on the link above to learn more! 

At the end of June/beginning of July, I am delighted to be leading a week-long retreat in Guanatuato, Mexico! It is called Songwriters Crossing Borders and could not be more excited to be a part of this sure to be magical experience! Also on staff will be the inspiring Chris Kokesh, Lupita Ye, Noah M and Suzan Lundy. We will explore creativity and songwriting, share and learn from each other, experience the beautiful scenery and learn about the music, ryhthms, food and culture of Mexico and more! Clich here to learn more about the Songwriters Crossing Borders retreat!

And in August, I am so exicted to be a part of the Harris Bridge Folk Festival again! Stand and Sway will be playing the festival on Friday night, and for three days leading up to the festival, the great Clara Baker and I will be leading a songwriting retreat at this unbelievably beautiful, magical setting! Clara and I both got to experience the eclipse at Harris Bridge Vineyard a couple years ago, and it was deeply moving to be in that place and experience the community they have built there. We hope you’ll join us! 

3. MARCH HAPPENINGS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Fri, Mar 1 – Stand and Sway @ Concerts at the Barn –  Kingston, WA. 28280 WA-104. (360) 271-9837. Concerts at the Barn is a beautiful venue created in the spirit of love and community. BW is thrilled to return with her new duo project Stand and Sway! Potluck from 6-7. Music starts at 7. $25 suggested donation. 

Sat, Mar 2 – Stand and Sway @ Chicken Barn Concert Hall – Clinton, WA. We are so excited for our first appearance at the Chicken Barn, a well-loved intimate venue recommended to us by our friend the great Nathaniel Talbot! 6:30 gathering, 7:30 music. $20 suggested donation. Please call or email 425 791-1192 or cflax@whidbey.net for info and reservations.

Sun, Mar 3 – Stand and Sway w/The Aurora Chorus – Portland, OR. First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave. Stand and Sway is thrilled and honored to join The Aurora Chorus at their International Women’s day concert for another collaboration! Generation upon generation of women around the world have demanded, fought for and defended their rights to gender parity and self-determination. The struggle continues. This International Women’s Day, as Aurora Chorus honors this ongoing fight, we acknowledge and celebrate with song the courage of all women who have stepped forward, and who continue to clear the path, forging a future where equality reigns. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 4 pm.  

Sat, Mar 9 – Stand and Sway @ Private House Concert. 

Fri, Mar 15 – Little House Concert Series – Waconia, MN. With David Stoddard! Children welcome as long as they are old enough to remain quiet during the music. Doors at 5:30, with a potluck meal prior to the music. Concert begins at 7:00 PM. $20 suggested donation/$24 door. Please email Tim at waconiatim@gmail.com for reservations and info. 

Sat, Mar 16 – Old Kitchen Rug Brewery House Concert – St Louis Park, MN. With the great David Stoddard! $20 suggested donation/$24 door. For reservations please email alboyce@comcast.net. 

Mon, Mar 18 – Rosemary & Merity Wilson Harmony For Mayo Program – Rochester, MN. The Harmony for Mayo Program is a music series presented by Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavin Center for Humanities in Medicine. These free concerts are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lips Atrium (subway level of the Charlton building). 

Fri, Mar 22 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO. With the great Edie Carey! For info and reservations please email Gary at garyc@adevtech.com. $25 suggested donation. 7 pm. 

Sat, Mar 23 – Swallow Hill – Denver, CO. 71 E Yale Ave. Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music began as an outgrowth of the Denver Folklore Center, a music store in Denver’s Swallow Hill neighborhood that offered music lessons and performances to the community in the 1960s and 1970s. When the Folklore Center closed temporarily in the late 1970s, a group of committed volunteers formed Swallow Hill Music as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the joy of music to life every day.” From these humble beginnings, we have grown to become a cultural asset and distinct thread in Colorado’s musical fabric. BW shares the evening with the great Edie Carey in beautiful Tuft Theatre. 7 pm doors/8 pm music. $18/$20. 

Sun, Mar 24 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Lafayette, CO. BW is thrilled to return to Little Tree with the great Edie Carey! Advanced reservations are required. Email info@LittleTreeAcoustic.com or call 303-620-6634. $25 sugguested donation. Note that this is a rare Sunday-afternoon show at Little Tree, with music starting early for us at 5pm and running right through the dinner hour, so we’ve decided to make a potluck of it. So, please, bring a dish you’re proud of, and come early and join us for a late lunch/early dinner, starting when we’ll open our doors at 4pm. With the great Edie Carey! 

Sat, Mar 30 – Stand and Sway @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. 504 Pacific Avenue North. (360) 901-0962. Stand and Sway is a duo and the musical intersection of Beth Wood and Ara James. Please join us for an evening of song and musical mischief at this beautiful listening room and community arts center in Long Beach! Beer, wine, and other refreshments are available. $15. 6:30 pm doors/7 pm music.

Sun, Mar 31 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. Details TBA

Woohoo! New books are here! I just love the illustrations by Jen Blair!


oh my stars I almost fainted when I saw the sticker! 


Duuuuuuuuuude.


So excited for this workshop and love the gorgeous flyer by Laura Golden!


Snow dog!! I mean come on. Isn’t she the cutest??!


Baily Pants has been promoted to Social Media Manager for Stand and Sway. She does this most of the day…she has a hands-off approach. Work smarter, play harder, she always says! 


4. THE FUTURE…Wow, things are really heating up! I’m excited for a Texas trip in April because who doesn’t love Texas in the spring time?! We’ve got lots more Stand and Sway shows coming up and we can’t wait to release our album into the world! Thank you so much for reading, for being a part of my creative journey. I hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

 www.bethwoodmusic.com

www.standandsway.com

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT] hotmail.com

Here I am with my face on Facebook.

I barely know how to use it but I’m tryin’ on Twitter

Find me on Instagram! @bethwoodmusic.com

For the love of Pete, somebody please help me with Youtube!

Down the road a piece…

Apr 1 – Songwriters in the Round @ The Vault – Portland, OR

Apr 5 – HPPR Living Room Concerts at the Chalice – Amarillo, TX

Apr 6 – House Concert – Lake Eufala, OK w/Tom Faulkner

Apr 7 – Private House Concert – Coppell, TX

Apr 10 – The Inaugural Spirit Garden Performance Series – Wimberley, TX

Apr 11 – Pilot’s Pub House Concerts – Spicewood, TX w/Tom Faulkner

Apr 12 – House Concert – Kingwood, TX

Apr 13 – Clear Creek Harbor House Concerts – League City, TX

Apr 14 – Backyard at Gruene – Gruene, TX

Apr 22 – Oregon Book Awards Ceremony – Portland, OR

Apr 26 – Stand and Sway @ Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA

Apr 27 – House Concert – Ranier, WA

Apr 28 – Private Event

May 16-17 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC

May 18 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

May 22 – BW Birthday Celebration/Stand and Sway Album Celebration at Alberta Street Pub – Portland, OR

June 1 – House Concert – Lowell, OR

June 21 – Stand and Sway @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

June 22-23 – Women Nature and Song Workshop – Veneta, OR

June 25-July 2 – Songwriters Crossing Borders Retreat – Guanajuato, Mexico

July 20 – Stand and Sway @ Hayloft Barn Concerts – Salem, OR